Design is Everywhere: How to Freelance Without Losing Your Mind

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PRINTCast: The PRINT Podcast Studio is a curated collection of cutting-edge podcasts we love about design, creativity, branding, books, and further subjects afield. Soon, we’ll have a dedicated digital listening room. In the meantime, we present Design Museum’s Design is Everywhere, hosted by Sam Aquillano and Liz Pawlak—a “podcast featuring stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world.”

The latest episode (No. 24): “How to Freelance Without Losing Your Mind.”

Here’s more from the Design is Everywhere team:

In medieval times, a “free lance” was a medieval mercenary who would fight for whichever nation or person paid them the most. So goes the etymology of the word “freelance” from Merriam Webster—the joke being that freelance has literally always been a battle. With the economy in recession because of COVID-19, some organizations are hiring, but many are holding off and instead hiring freelancers to fill gaps as the economy slowly starts to improve.

Becoming a freelancer can seem daunting because it’s so different than having a structured job. Our guests this week offer their advice from over 10 years each in the freelance and consulting business. Trish Fontanilla, aka Trish of All Trades, joins us as guest co-host and helps us understand what freelancing means and how she navigates opportunities while remaining true to her values. Then we’re joined by Sydney Janey, who founded her solo graphic and communication design practice in 2007. We all discuss the design- and non-design sides of freelancing, including business development and … yes, taxes. Plus, we all share our weekly dose of good design.